SkepTalk: Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls?

Video of a talk by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

11 a.m., September 4, 2022

Join us at this Sunday’s meeting to watch and discuss a video.

Everyone has experienced the call. “This is Alex from the credit card company. We have a refund we want to give you that has to be deposited directly into your bank account. What is your bank account number?” or words to that effect. Or maybe “Alex” (or “Vicki”, or “Josh”) has bad news: your credit rating will plummet if you don’t send his/her company $200 immediately. What’s your credit card number? Calls like this bilk tens of thousands of people – many of them elderly – out of billions of dollars every year. What happens when a reporter traces one of these calls back to its source – in this case, to an Indian boiler room – with the assistance of a Brit hacker. Who is making all those scam calls, anyway, and what’s their story?

About the Speaker: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is a prize-winning reporter who worked for Science magazine until 2014. A contributing writer to the New York Times, the New Yorker, National Geographic, The Guardian, and other publications. A one-time crime reporter, he has long been interested in scams and frauds. His best-selling spy thriller, The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell, was described as “telling a story that would make a kickass movie”. It has, in fact, been optioned by Hollywood.

If you wish, you can preview his 67-minute presentation at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtrNhzvd4M
Come join us for a lively discussion.

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Meeting Future Energy Needs for the USA

Videos of talks by Kirk Sorensen and others

11 a.m., August 28, 2022

Join us at this Sunday’s meeting to watch two videos and discuss them.

“America, In The Dark” describes the general problem of the need to meet our energy needs now, and especially in the future.
If you wish, you can watch this 7-minute video at:
https://www.kiteandkeymedia.com/videos/renewable-energy-electricity-blackouts-and-solar-wind-mandates/

In “Path Forward Enabled by Thorium”, Kirk Sorensen explores the possibility of meeting future energy needs by the use of thorium nuclear reactor power generation. This approach can provide significant energy without producing nuclear waste, and can be designed to be very safe.
If you wish, you can preview his 25-minute presentation at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkZ0ZBAVDu4
Come join us for a lively discussion about this critical subject.

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2022 Religious Liberty Summit: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

Video of a talk by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

11 a.m., August 21, 2022

This Sunday we we will watch and discuss a video on the topic “2022 Religious Liberty Summit: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito”. Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative held the second annual Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit in Rome, Italy, from July 20-22, 2022, and Alito delivered the keynote address at the Gala Dinner.
The video is 42 minutes long.

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Two videos on “God Does NOT Exist”

Michael Shermer and Peter Millican

11 a.m., August 14, 2022

This Sunday we we will watch and discuss two videos on the topic “God Does NOT Exist”, debated at the Oxford Union Society.

Dr Michael Shermer begins by saying that 84% of the world’s population believe in some kind of organised religion. How do those who believe in a particular religion know that they have chosen the right one and everyone else has got it wrong?
Dr. Shermer is an author and founder of the Skeptics Society.
You can see his 16-minute talk at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pOI2YvVuuE.

Professor Peter Millican says that every religion has a moral code, but this is not surprising as humans are universally moral beings. We are moral because we are a weak species, and the only way we can survive is by cooperation in society. We need a morality to be able to do that.
Professor Millican is the Gilbert Ryle Fellow & Tutor in Philosophy at Hertford College, and a Reader in Early Modern Philosophy at Oxford.
You can see his 23-minute talk at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcHRRjsttOc.

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War and Democracy

Michael Eisenscher

11 a.m., August 7, 2022

Michael Eisenscher has spent the last few years focusing on the intersection of labor, environment, foreign policy, and militarism, as interconnected and mutually-interrelated features of 21st Century US capitalism.
He will put forward some thoughts about their interconnection, and pose some questions to discuss with us.
Reading the following articles may provide a preview of some of the issues he will address.
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Michael Eisenscher is now in his sixth decade of activism in the labor and progressive movements – in struggles for peace, civil rights, civil liberties, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.
From 1972 until 2003, he worked for unions as an organizer and negotiator.
In 2003, he joined with other labor activists to found US Labor Against the War (USLAW), and served as its National Coordinator for the next dozen years.
Since “retiring” in 2015, he has continued his labor activity as a delegate to the Alameda Labor Council, helping to found its Climate and Environmental Justice Caucus.
He also joined other Bay Area trade unionists to found Labor Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice & Peace, and is a member of the national Labor Network for Sustainability.
His articles have appeared in a number of periodicals, journals and bulletins, and in chapters of three labor anthologies.
Along the way, he picked up a BA in Labor Studies from San Francisco State University and MA in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts-Boston.
For six years he taught a course in political economy in the Labor Studies Program at Laney College.
He also produces memes and a twice-weekly news bulletin for SolidarityINFOService, which he established during the historic Teamsters UPS Part-timers strike in 1997.

220804 Michael Eisenscher.mp4 from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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